Media Release: defenceWeb gears up for 2010 Border Control in Africa event


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Regional law enforcement organisations, border control agencies, military strategists, policy makers and defence industrialists are being brought together for defenceWEB’s Border Control conference to be held in Midrand, South Africa. The event, set to take place from 17-18 March 2010 at Gallagher Estate, is hosted by defenceWEB, which is a consolidated source for news and provides information, research and insight to African defence, safety and security professionals and specialists in Africa.

defenceWEB’s Border Control conference will examine just how effective and secure border control and border line operations in Africa really are. Featuring case studies on the latest developments in border control strategies for the African continent, this comprehensive two-day event promises to bring together the different bodies that are involved in border control.

The conference will be addressed by a wide range of national and international speakers, including Dr. Catherine Guicherd, Chef de Project PAPS-CEEAC, Communauté Economique des Etats d’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) en matière de Paix et de Sécurité (PAPS); Geoffrey Mugumya, Director for Peace and Security, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION; Dr David Alabi, Department of Political Science and Defence Studies, NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY; Henri Boshoff, Military Analyst, INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES (ISS);

Maj Gen. (Rtd), Olasiende Ishola Williams, Former Commander Of The Nigerian Signal Corps And Chief Of Operations, Executive Secretary, PAN AFRICAN STRATEGY AND POLICY STRATEGY GROUP (PANAFSTRAG); Albert Gomes-Mugumya, Program Advisor on Peace Building, Project Coordinator for Minority Rights Groups Project, CENTRE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION (CECORE); Dr Adane Ghebremeskel, Acting Manager of the Peacebuilding Programme, CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF VIOLENCE AND RECONCILIATION and Major (Rtd) John Kazoora, Former Chairman-Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs, PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA. They will share strategies, case studies and address a variety of topics relating to Border Control in Africa.

With the 2010 World Cup on our doorstep, more effective border and port of entry control has become an increasing priority. In June 2009, during his State Of The Nation Address, South African President, Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of a Border Management Agency. In July 2009, South African Minister of State Security, Siyabonga Cwele announced that the government was developing a framework to establish the BMA with ith the worthy aims of maintaining SA’s territorial integrity, expediting the legitimate movement of people and goods, all while deterring and identifying illegal or hostile cross-border movement, such an approach undoubtedly has merit.

With the South African Government’s mandate to support a border management strategy defenceWeb’s conference becomes a significant milestone in working towards a goal of achieving peace, security and stability in Africa.

Issued by: Johan Wildenboer

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